Have you read more than 6 of these books?

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most    people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Instructions:    Copy this into your NOTES. Bold those books you’ve read in their    entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish or read an    excerpt, and delete any comments the person before you might have had.    Tag other book nerds. Tag me as well so I can see your responses!




1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien

3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë

4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling

5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

6 The Bible

7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell 

9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

11 Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks

18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger

19 The Time Travellers Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

20 Middlemarch – George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

22 The Great Gatsby — F Scott Fitzgerald

23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens

24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

28 Grapes of Wrath –  John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina –Leo Tolstoy

32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens

33 Chronicles of Narnia (all) – CS Lewis

34 Emma – Jane Austen

35 Persuasion – Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis

37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Berniere

39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Willaim Golden

40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne 

41 Animal Farm – George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan brown

43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabrial Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving

45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins

46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery

47 Far from the Madding Crowd — Thomas Hardy

48 The Handmaids Tale – Margaret Atwood

49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding

50 Atonement – Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi – Yann Martell

52 Dune – Frank Herbert

53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth

56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens

58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

60 Love in the time of Cholera – Gabriel garcia Marquez

61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck

62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt

64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

66 On the Road – Jack Kerouac

67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy

68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding

69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

72 Dracula – Bram Stoker

73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson

74 Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson

75 Ulysses – James Joyce

76 The Bell Jar – Sylivia Plath

77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

78 Germinal – Emile Zola

79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

80 Possession – AS Byatt

81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

82 Cloud Atlas – Charles Mitchell

83 The Colour Purple – Alice Walker

84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White

88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Albom

89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

90 The Faraway Tree collection – Enid blyton

91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad

92 The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint Exupery

93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

94 Watership Down – Richard Adams

95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute

97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare

99 Charlie & the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo


Silence came on to his pen which made it to the pad of paper.  Blankness it all he wrote sitting there as if something would happen.  But the sparkling white pad shined back at him as if to mock- to tease- to contempt him.
“It’s the paper that is doing this to me!”  He exclaimed.  “I never had any problems writing before.”
Ah but before: words, sentences, paragraphs flowed like a river with no end.  Just the mere mention of something struck of a paragraph or two at least and then suddenly the page was crawling with symbols, letters and works as if an ant farm had just been molested.
He scratched his head and took another shot of JD.  The illing effect of it were begin to take a toll on his digestive system: pain shot through his intestines.  He was thinking the more he could drink the less the pain would matter.  So he did another shot- but this time it tried to come back up into his mouth.  Gasping for air he jumped up from his seat and straiten himself out.
“FUCK!” he screamed as he decided to get something to drink to get that sour taste of his mouth.
Knowing that a lot of writers used drugs to keep up their writing production was on his mind.  Hoping that this too would work in his favor was his reasoning.  He knows he can write.  He knows he has written.  So it would make logical sense that he’d be able to write in the future.  He just needed some prodding.
He was settled again at his paper; the sound of the analog clock clicked away as he stared blankly.  The alcohol was hitting him quite unexpectedly and his mind started to travel.  He was thinking of sex, happiness, holding a woman close to him, the smell of perfume and the smell of love.  And then he awoke, minutes later, again staring the page.  He started to laugh.

“If only I could find the words.  It’s so hard.”  He thought about it for another moment, opened the bottle of JD, took a swig, and put it down.  The pain was there again but he didn’t care.  Back he was thinking of the woman and feeling happiness.  And then he passed out.

Thought between commercials

Audrey and I are sitting home alone disgusted with the shows on TV.  Yes, it’s true that House is on but I like it better when I can DVR and zip through the commercials.  Well anyway, this sitting home has got me thinking and I’ve come up to the conclusion that I’ve been giving up one of my rights here.  For years I’ve really come to speak through the written word and now that I haven’t been writing, I guess I really haven’t had much to say.  No- I’ve had a lot to say but I just haven’t been saying it.  In the early days I felt I had a lot to say and thus blogging my little heart out on YAHOO 360.  I felt also that people were reading and that in itself was my encouragement.  Now with all the different avenues for people to read and ingest information I’m feeling lost in the crowd.  Why blog when 100’s of other people could say it better, smarter and worst of all funnier?  Where is the motivation?  I thought the last year and a half would have given me all the time to write.  It has.  I just haven’t used it.

ABC’s of me

Cut, paste and return, if you have the time and the inclination.

ABC’s Of Me :

A – Age: 40  I’m happy at 40.  I don’t feel 40.  I hated 39 because I promised myself that at 40 I be something so at 40 I know I’m a nobody.  I don’t have to worry anymore

B – Bed size: King!

C – Chore you hate: I don’t hate any chore.  I hate excesses of any one chore- too much vacuuming, too much laundry- etc.

D – Dad’s Name: Robert Charles

E – Essential start your day item: Meds!  Vitamins.

G – Goals you’ve set: To learn to be me.  I’m not sure I know how to do that.

H – Height: 5′ 9″  and of course  eight inches…

I – Instruments you play(ed): Guitar, piano, bass

J – Job title: Senior Network Administrator

K – Kid(s): None.  Can’t have them.

L- Lasting memory:  There are so many!  I think my life is full of memories: my grandfather dying, my grandmother dying, drinking 15 shots of JD- going to the bathroom and coming back sober.  There are so many.

M – Mom’s name: Marie Louise

N – Nickname: Eddie Spagetti

O – Overnight- I remember when I was very young my mother took my brother and I to Kerney, NJ to pick up my Dad who had an accident with the new car.  (it was totaled and we had to get something else)

P – Pet Peeve: People that have children and don’t want to spend any time with them or ignore them.

Q – Quotes you like:
“You can lead a horticulture but you can’t make her think”

R – Right or left handed: Right handed,  but really not sure I should be- I’m stronger in my left hand

S – Siblings: One older brother, Robert

T – Traits: I’m trying to make everyone like me.  I’m always trying to please people and I usually get along with everyone

U – Unusual talent(s): I can tie cherry stems.

V – Vegetable you hate: lima beans, Brussels sprouts, beets.

W – Worst Habit: I’m trying to make everyone like me.  I’m always trying to please people and I usually get along with everyone

X – X-rays you’ve had?  I had my fill.

Y – Yummy food you make: I can make a lot of different food.  Watching the food network usually gets me to make something different.

Z – Zodiac: Cancer, the crab.  And yes, if I don’t know you or I’m hurt I’ll be jumping into my shell.

25 things you probably already know but were afraid to ask

1. I love Cheryl Miller!  (Wait does that one count? It is supposed to be about me!)
2. I like to write- although never do.  I’ve written one book, 3 plays and a musical all unpublished as of today.
3. I sleep on the right side of the bed.
4. I have 12 step addiction to the Food Network
5. I’m painfully shy in groups but very friendly one on one.
6. I’ve done community theatre in Reading, Allentown and Ephrata
7. I’ve stage managed about 20 plays in my life time
8. I play piano, guitar, bass and make mini-movies.
9. I was in a band (it’s name- “Neverwuz”)
10. For 5 years I ate an everything omelet with garlic power drenched over it at work for breakfast
11. I’m tougher on myself than anyone
12. I’m contently thinking of great things that will never discover the light of day.
13. I have a lump on my nose that appeared after my grandfather died.  (He had such a lump in the same spot removed in the 80s after they thought it cancerous)
14. I am bi-polar
15. I go out of my way to help my friends
16. My cat Audrey likes to lay at my feet at night
17. I feel I should have done better in life.
18. I crave constant attention
19. I love to cook
20. I have trouble letting go of personal or family things
21. I never smoked weed
22. I didn’t smoke until I was 35
23. I moved out of my parents house at 27
24. I have breakfast with my parents every Sunday.
25. I own a tri-corner hat, rubber hand, and a bullshit button.